Transport and infrastructure in NicaraguaOur listing of the primary kinds of transport compares the infrastructure of Nicaragua with the average of all countries in America. The traffic routes have noticeable defects in many places and are often not in a particularly good condition.
The waterways listed refer to inland traffic on rivers and canals. The number of ports includes those located on the total 910 km of coastline. In 2020, about 166,612 freight containers were transported.
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Road trafficThe network of roads and highways has a total length of 23,897 km. For each of the country's 6.62 million inhabitants, this corresponds to 3.61 meters. This puts Nicaragua in 130th place in the global ranking. However, it is also important to note the country's population density, which is very low at around 51 inhabitants per km². Like this, disproportionately long distances generally have to be covered to reach the more remote parts of the country.
With an average of 1002 traffic fatalities per year (2012 - 2019), road traffic in Nicaragua is considered rather mixed. This corresponds to around 4.3 accident fatalities per 15.9 inhabitants per year. By comparison, this figure is 5.9 in the European Union as a whole and 17.1 worldwide.
In Nicaragua, traffic drives on the right-hand side of the road, i.e. people drive in the right-hand lane and overtake on the left. Oncoming traffic comes toward you on the left side. Here you can also find an overview of all countries with left-hand traffic.
|total||per 1 mio|
|Roadways||23,900 km||3,607.34 km||183.30 m|
|Railroads||0 km||0.00 km||0.00 m|
|Waterways||2,220 km||335.12 km||17.03 m|
|total||per 1 mio|
|Roadways||644,200 km||2,894.86 km||236.78 m|
|Railroads||31,600 km||142.02 km||11.62 m|
|Waterways||9,200 km||41.21 km||3.37 m|
Data sources used• Global Health Observatory Data Repository (World Health Organization)
• Internation Union of Railways (UIC)
• CIA Factbook
• OECD Statistics
• Wikipedia (german)